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UN Draft Calls on International Shipping to Halve Greenhouse Gases by 2050

(Claire Stam – Euractiv)

A working group of the UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) released an interim strategy on 6 April, which calls on international shipping to reduce total annual greenhouse gas emissions from 2008 levels by at least 50% by 2050.

The strategy will need to be finalised by 13 April at the Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the IMO but the issue remains uncertain as deep divisions prevail among the 173 IMO member states.

The MEPC is expected to adopt an initial strategy on the reduction of GHG emissions from ships, which is to set out the future vision for international shipping, the levels of ambition to reduce GHG emissions and guiding principles, the IMO said. Click here to read more.